9 NECESSITIES FOR A ROYAL PRINCESS LIFE – HOT NEW LIST!

Dear Royal Friends, 

If you’re a newbie princess like I am, it’s a little hard to get up to snuff.  I’ve had to do a lot of catching up in a short time, not only to fulfill my royal duties, but also to learn to live life the way a royal princess oughta. One of my self-appointed duties is to help other newbie princesses learn the (purple velvet) ropes of princess life.  In order to do that, I make lists of this stuff. 

Here’s my latest list. It’s not organized in any particular order, because neither is my brain. 

1. A comprehensive guide to the most elegant and princess-worthy public pit stops in your kingdom — in case you need that throne away from home on your royal tours.

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The above is the glamorous entrance to New York City’s Waldorf Astoria’s ladies’ inner sanctum on the main floor.   

2. An auditorium-sized walk-in closet for your tiara collection.

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Make sure it has theater-quality lighting.   

3. A signature perfume created by a famous “nose” just for you, with the perfect blend of evocative notes to reflect your sweetness and your refinement, as well as your bold essence. Make sure there’s not even a hint of mousiness. 

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4. An hat that on a non-royal would look absolutely ridiculous…

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 …but on a royal just looks kinda ridiculous. 

5. A family “CREST” befitting your present royal status.

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Absolutely essential for your front doormat, and by jove it looks swell on cocktail napkins.  

6. A Frenchie Locator App for your phone.

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7. Proper rain boots for those more formal occasions. 

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 Sloshing about in muddy puddles with $2,000 pink peau de soi shoes on your tootsies is a total buzz kill. Trust me.

8. A crash course dedicated to international royal-speak.  

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A princess needs to be able to purr in a multitude of languages such phrases as, “I love your tie. Is that Hermes?”  Or, “My what an adorable infant. Do you do Baby Einstein?”  Or in the hotter realms, “Yikes! Are those mosquitoes or birds?”  It’s a “tall” order, but you’ll be glad you did.

9.  Claim a signature expensive French wine as your favorite and make sure to order it frequently. So when the waiter (inevitably) brings you freebies, he won’t “monkey around” with the cheap stuff. And you won’t have to water the nearest plant!

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What’s on your princess necessity list?  I’d love your comments!

TTFN,P!  (Ta ta for now, princess!)

XOXOXOXOX PRINCESS DIANE VON BRAINISFRIED

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Top Ten Things my Dog is grateful for – a dog’s “tail”

Dear Royal Friends,

Thanksgiving always brings us around to thinking about what we are thankful for.  For me that includes family, friends, shelter, food, the grace to pursue dreams, talents and goals….and my Frenchie, Princess Lalo.  Lalo with princess crown-larger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got to thinking; what is Princess Lalo grateful for?  I decided to ask  her this morning.  Her response? “I thought you’d never ask!” 

This Thanksgiving, I bring you:

PRINCESS LALO’S TOP TEN “WHAT I’M THANKFUL FORS”

1.People who let me lick their faces when I have bad breath

2. Being fat makes me even cuter

3. Wearing a leash and no one thinking I’m into S & M

 4. Sleeping most of the day and still feeling productive

5. When someone passes gas and doesn’t blame it on me

6. Cucumbers,  green peppers, cooked carrots & air popped popcorn

7. Being the editor of Princess Diane Von Brainisfried’s blog 

8. Not getting kicked out of my parents’  bed when I snore 

9. Playing tug-o’-war with the rope instead of catch (because I’m lazy)

10. Mommy and me matching tiaras!

  What is your pet grateful for?  Let us know!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY ROYAL FRIENDS!

PRINCESS DIANE VON BRAINISFRIED!

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A KEY SECRET TO ROCK INTERNATIONAL HAPPINESS DAY & BEYOND!

Dear Royal Friends,

Treasured wisdom says, “if you’ve forgotten the language of gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with happiness.”  What better way to honor International Happiness Day, than by starting a DAILY GRATITUDE NOTEBOOK!  journal-431912_640

Start with five things you’re grateful for, then continue adding to the notebook on a daily basis. It’s so easy, even for the grumpiest monkeys among us.  There’s at least something you will be grateful for each day!   Include even teeny tiny gratitudes,  like a mysteriously disappeared hangnail.  (Okay, that’s not so tiny.)   Over time, you will be absolutely transformed!  Here’s why:

Research shows that focusing on gratitude is a KEY FACTOR in our ability to be in control of life’s Joy Stick.  (The pundits don’t put it that way, but what do they know.)  

Fore example, per the article  “The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Happier,”  by Ocean Robbins, several studies showed that the more grateful we are, the less depressed we are.  Researchers also found that people who journaled daily what they where grateful for “felt better about their lives as a whole,” and “were a full 25 percent happier” than the group of people in the study who journaled stuff that made them feel hassled.  25%? That’s a palace pant load happier! 

People studied also reported fewer health complaints, and exercised an average of 1.5 hours more.”  People who journaled what they were grateful for were healthier, slept better, and they actually become more do-goody to others!  Do-goody is a princess’s raison d’être!  

It all makes sense when you think about it.  You are what you eat, whether you’re fueling your body, your mind, or your soul. 

To make your journaling experience even more pleasurable, choose a notebook that is truly gawjuss, one that makes you smile and think of raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.  Or big diamonds on (your) fingers. Check out these cool girl ones by high fashion artist to celebrities and designer  Emily Brickel.  Barnes and Nobles has some sweet ones too

I’ll go first.  I’ve been doing this Gratitude Gig for years, and I’ve got TONS to talk about.   

1. Family. 

2. Friends

3. Frenchies

4.  Morning French Roast coffee

5. Pink and white Peonies

That’s a good start, aye?

Oh yeah. Addendum. I’m truly grateful for YOU!  And you are definitely above #5. 

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR, ROYAL FRIENDS? I’D LOVE TO KNOW! LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW!!!

XOXOXOXO

PRINCESS DIANE VON BRAINISFRIED

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LEARNING TO BE HAPPIER IS LIKE TAKING SINGING LESSONS

Dear Royal Friends ~

Learning to be happier is like taking singing lessons.

This occurred to me as I was warming up today, not in my Lululemons for yoga class, but in my heels and tiara for a master class in voice I’m giving this afternoon.  I am a tad worried, as my voice is a little horse.horse-576493_640

When we sing, if a note is flat and under pitch, we need to brighten the sound. How do we brighten the sound? One simple technique is to imagine a teeny weeny little smile on the inside of our head. We actually think the smile, and the sound becomes brighter.  Another technique is to give ourselves a little more support for the sound. 

That is incredible.  All it takes is the slightest suspicion of a smile, and we can go from being flat to being brighter and on key!  Or we might need to give ourselves a little more support. Then it hit me.  On the journey to our happier, brighter selves, often it merely takes small inner changes.

Before we can make these changes in life and in singing, we first need to be aware that we’re “off key.”  For those of you who are tone deaf, take heart; every day’s a new shower.

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Here’s the “key.”  Even in our awareness, change doesn’t happen over night.  You might hit flat notes regularly until all the moving parts become second nature. Practice makes Puccini!

Life and singing lessons.  Small, learned changes, practiced over time, stamp out the flat notes, leading us to our inner bright sounds.   We just have to be aware that it’s possible, desire the outcome, learn the technique, and do the work.

I’m here for you, princess!

Bisous et tra la la,

Xoxoxoxo

Princess Diane Von Brainisfried

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Vicki Archer’s Best Kept Beauty Secret #9 will surprise you!

Dear Beautiful Princess,                                                        I discovered the author, Vicki Archer, while I was roaming around Anthropologie.  She was resting flat on a table.  Not she, of course, but one of her fabulous books, “My French Life.”

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“My French Life” is a cascade of engaging text and glorious photos of Ms. Archer’s life in the cobble-stoned French village of Saint-Remy-de-Provence.  

To a Francophile like me,  this wonderful book is like a brioche in a Paris bakery: enticing, beautiful to behold, irresistible, deliciously pleasing, delicate but gratifying…yet…you know you could eat more.                                                       

And I wanted more. I discovered Mme Archer’s elegant and enlightening blog, Vickiarcher.com, which covers fashion, beauty and all things French!  Woohoo la la! I’ve become a royal, loyal fan.          

Mme Archer’s latest post reveals a beauty secret that’s of the intangible essence kind, which I think is a particularly French quality.  This beauty secret can’t be obtained with a regime or makeup.  But make no mistake.  Beauty Secret #9  will make you sparkle more than a diamond-studded tiara!  Enjoy Vicki’s Beauty Secret # 9 here!  

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Bisous et tra la la,

Xoxoxoxo

Princess Diane Von Brainisfried

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DEFINITION OF A PRINCESS

Every girl has a tiara in her closet.  Go look.  

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If it’s not sparkling on top of your jewelry box, it’s on the shelf above your sweaters.  If it’s not on the shelf above your sweaters, check where your purses are lined up like little lady soldiers, ready to do service at the office, park, or playground.  If it’s not where your purses are lined up like lady soldiers, poke around near the stack of Neiman Marcus shoe boxes on the leopard print carpet by your ball gowns.  If it’s not there, then I assure you, it’s only a matter of time before you find it.  Because according to the definition of a princess in the Royal Kingdom of Von Brainisfried, you, my dear royal friend, are a princess!  And, because of the laws of  ipso facto, ad infinitum, and olly olly in free, all princesses have a tiara in their closet. So you have a tiara in your closet.  By law. 

DEFINITION OF A PRINCESS:

“A PRINCESS IS POSITIVE, CONFIDENT, KIND, SELF-ACTUALIZING, SERVICE-MINDED….& STYLISH!”                

GO OUT AND BE THE FABULOUS PRINCESS YOU ARE!

Bisous et tra la la,

Xoxoxoxo,

Princess Diane Von Brainisfried

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